A salutation

China’s recent Earthquake has killed tens of thousands of people. Many more thousands lost their homes and dear ones. But the bravery of many of the people lives on. The fast response of the top leadership should be an example for the whole world.

I  received a powerpoint from a friend highlighting the bravery of the people, and I will post 2 photos taken from the powerpoint here together with the captions.


Wen Jiabao, 66, Chinese Prime Minister, boarded on a plane 30 minutes after the earthquake, and arrived in disaster area in 2 hours.  He has been the chief of the rescue operation since then, working almost around clock at the frontline with rescue workers.
This sort of selfless leadership should be an example for all.Our leadership, in particular , has a lot to learn from this. Remember the great flood of Johore 2006? It was only after many days that top ministers and officials started visiting the areas. It shows that Wen Jiabao has really the people’s interest in his heart, and hence the fast response.
 Yuan Wentin, 26, first grade teacher.  When the earthquake struck, she rushed to carry her stunned students from classroom on the 3rd floor to the ground.  She managed to pull out most of her students, but the building collapsed when she was trying to pull out the last few.  At the last moment of her life, she was trying to use her body to shield the students from falling concrete.


There were many people like the above teacher. They died but not in vain. In sacrificing their own , they managed to save many many more lives, many children and other people…. I salute them, this is what makes human being a human being.. 




8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. yh
    May 29, 2008 @ 16:15:39

    I join you in saluting them. They are true and honest leaders, in their own way.


  2. novice101
    May 29, 2008 @ 19:13:48

    These courageous and compassionate people certainly deserved all the admiration and salutations that are offered. To make thier sacrifices meaningful, we should each do what we can, so that thier selfless acts do not just fade away with time. Now, it is to give money so that food, shelters and medical aid can be provided. But because this is an epic disaster, money will still be needed to help them to rebuild their lives. Hope all of us will not ignore the need when the time arrives in a few months time.

    There sure are similarly courageous and compassionate people in Myanmar, too. Let us not forget to do the same for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar. May the hearts of the military junta be moved so that aid may go into the country freely.


  3. monsterball
    May 29, 2008 @ 19:18:57

    Of late..turning to the 21st Century…have we not all old guys seen and read so many natural and unnatural disasters…that are hard for me to comprehend.
    All I can understand…every action has an equal reaction.
    So what were the actions….that caused such terrible reactions?
    China is what China today…due to leaders that truly love their people. Expect present UMNO leaders to be like so….is like expecting all of them said sorry to monsterball….treating me like an animal…with tear gas and water treatments…..and fooling Malaysians.. far too long.
    That fearless and dedicated teacher….treats all her students…as her own family.
    She kept on thinking saving others…with no regards to her own life. Such selflessness..stamps out from being a truthful religious person.
    May her soul rest in peace…and may her parents rejoice…knowing their daughter died …..out of saving others.


  4. nis
    May 29, 2008 @ 19:45:53



  5. romerz
    May 29, 2008 @ 22:27:19

    There is no sacrifice as supreme as that of giving up your life so that others may live.

    For this, I salute Yuan Wentin and others like her.

    With regards our own leaders, I would like to relate something I read about the ‘Nuremberg Trials’.

    After the trials, the American Chief Prosecutor, Robert Jackson, was asked what he thought was the reason why the Nazis did what they did.

    He replied, “Empathy, the lack of empathy, must be the reason why human beings can do such horrible things against fellow human beings.” (or words to this effect)

    IMHO, I think our leaders can’t empathize anymore what it would be like to suffer like the rakyat hence their continued actions or the lack of it.

    They have so long been ‘snug and comfortable’ in the cocoon they have built themselves that they have lost touch with the reality facing the common rakyat.


  6. Meng
    May 29, 2008 @ 23:29:39

    I wonder and fear what happens if we are in a similar disaster. will our government act as the Chinese government has acted.

    Remember the floods in Johore…The PM was oversea having a good time.


  7. monsterball
    May 29, 2008 @ 23:46:52

    Not only that.. Meng.
    He is always not around…when something no good…threatening Malaysians…or when he is needed for immediate attention….on an issue..important to Malaysians.
    He is thinking of himself…how to survive the second term…playing UMNO politics..when infact…so easy…if he dares to do the right things..take the risk….by sacking few old corrupted ministers…planted by Mahathir..and be a man.
    It is the voters that do the job….he dare not do.


  8. jeff
    May 30, 2008 @ 02:28:28

    what should you expect from a biggest racist party, they are good at racial threat, not governing a country, get real!!!


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